When considering your surveillance options for security cameras, you likely have heard of Arlo. Known for offering exceedingly flexible wireless cameras, the brand is one of many manufacturers along with Nest and Ring that has made a name from products that are simple to install yet improve home security while being relatively affordable. However, compared to many of the brands A1 Security Cameras offers, Arlo often comes up short.

22-Question Essential Guide to Arlo Cameras

When considering your surveillance options for security cameras, you likely have heard of Arlo. Known for offering exceedingly flexible wireless cameras, the brand is one of many manufacturers along with Nest and Ring that has made a name from products that are simple to install yet improve home security while being relatively affordable. However, compared to many of the brands A1 Security Cameras offers, Arlo often comes up short.

In this article, A1 Security Cameras will explain why Arlo comes up short based on our experiences as a company and by answering some of the most common questions surrounding the specific brand. Along with offering some of the best alternative brands A1 Security Cameras has to offer, this post will serve to help you consider the best possible security camera system for your home or business!

Table of Contents

  • Flexibility: How flexible are Arlo security camera systems?

    • Is Arlo Wired or wireless?

    • How far can the Arlo camera be from the base station?

    • How many cameras can you have on Arlo?

    • How many phones can be connected to Arlo?

    • How much internet does Arlo use?

    • What cameras are compatible with Arlo?

  • Functionality: What Features do Arlo cameras come with?

    • What triggers an Arlo camera?

    • Does Arlo camera record continuously?

    • Does Arlo record without a subscription?

    • How long does Arlo keep recordings?

  • Durability: How long do Arlo systems last?

    • Can Arlo be used outdoors?

    • How long do Arlo batteries last?

  • Security: Are Arlo security cameras secure?

    • Can Arlo be hacked?

    • Can Arlo cameras be stolen?

    • Can a stolen Arlo camera be used?

    • Does Arlo record if the power goes out?

    • Can Arlo camera work without WiFi?

  • NDAA: Is Arlo NDAA compliant?

  • Price: Is Arlo worth the money?

  • Conclusion: Is Arlo a good brand?

Flexibility:
How flexible are Arlo
security camera systems?

Flexibility in a given security camera system is fast becoming an essential factor when homeowners are determining the best option for their individual households. Arlo shines in this regard, being touted as an excellent choice for those that want to avoid the arduous wiring process. However, as displayed in a past article titled Wired vs. Wireless Security Cameras: All you Need to Know, there are limits to wireless surveillance. Such limitations are highlighted below in the most common questions and the answers we provide below.

Can you use Arlo without a base station?

For most Arlo cameras, except for the Q and Q Pro line of products, you will need a base station for each camera to connect to. This is not much different from traditional security camera systems, which are meant to feature a recorder that stores the video footage of each security camera. While the Q and Q pro line products do link straight to a router, so do more traditional internet protocol and wireless cameras. However, A1 Security Cameras does not recommend doing so because of the inherent security risk and less reliability.

Is Arlo Wired or wireless?

There are both wired and wireless options for Arlo cameras, with some offering either option by design. However, most wireless Arlo cameras will require a battery to function at all.

How far can the Arlo camera be from the base station?

Simply put, wireless Arlo cameras function within the confines of the WiFi system they share with the base station, being limited by the same network signal. That range varies per router, some being limited to around a 50 foot range and some exceeding 300 feet. Cables, specifically ethernet, likewise suffer under a physical limitation of about 300 meters.

How far can the Arlo camera be from the base station?

How many cameras can you have on Arlo?

The number of Arlo cameras supported by a given security camera system depends on your subscription plan. For example, the base subscription or Arlo Smart Premier only supports up to five cameras, while the Arlo Secure Plan offers support for an immense capacity of cameras.

How many phones can be connected to Arlo?

Theoretically, any phone with the Arlo app logged into the same account can access a given Arlo camera system. However, there can only be one administrator of the account and other users (if they do not use the administrator credentials) will be guests with limited access.

How much internet does Arlo use?

Arlo Ultra Series requires high-speed internet partly because the doorbells use two Mbps upload while security cameras of the same brand use three Mbps uploads. At the time of writing, other lines of this brand use only one Mbps upload.

What cameras are compatible with Arlo?

Unlike traditional security camera systems, only Arlo products work with an Arlo security camera system. You cannot integrate surveillance of another brand into an Arlo system and Arlo cameras will likewise not work on a given security camera system of another brand.

By themselves, Arlo cameras are a good option if all you are focused on is a security camera system that is easy to set up and has little to no requirement for wiring. However, when it comes to flexibility with other brands, they are pretty stringent in their necessity of only permitting products of the same manufacturer. Therefore, in terms of setup, there is also little differentiating them from other wireless cameras on the market.

Functionality:
What Features do
Arlo cameras come with?

When considering surveillance and needing sophisticated features that improve your security, there is no shortage of sophisticated brands for you to choose from. While Arlo is one of those brands, not every Arlo security camera system will offer the same features. The owner needs to choose between the different subscriptions the company provides. Furthermore, even with the best subscription, there is little differentiation between this brand and those offered by A1 Security Cameras.

What triggers an Arlo camera?

Like any other security camera, Arlo cameras are triggered by the environment within their view. What sets them apart from at least most other brands is that they can be activated by sound within a limited capacity. The range they can be visually activated is generally fifteen feet, with pro subscription owners getting a twenty-three-foot range. In both cases, the sensitivity can be managed.

Does Arlo camera record continuously?

When CVR is activated, a given Arlo camera can record constantly. However, this feature is only available in specific Arlo subscriptions.

Does Arlo record without a subscription?

No, Arlo cameras will not have any recording capacity to record without a subscription. They can only stream the view of a limited number of security cameras if there is no subscription supporting them.

How long does Arlo keep recordings?

If the owner has an Arlo subscription, they will be able to keep the recorded footage for a limited period. Basic packages allow up to seven days of video storage, while more advanced options lengthen that timespan footage can be preserved.

When it comes to features, Arlo cameras can offer limited infrared, motion activation, mobile messaging upon detection, and more, but they are not necessarily as capable as what is found in a given digital camera security system. As detailed in an article titled NVR and Motion Detection Recording, modern surveillance provides customers with enhanced functionality from the getgo. Therefore, if the aim for someone considering surveillance is the most capable features, Arlo would quickly fall out of favor.

Durability:
How long do
Arlo systems last?

An Arlo camera is a convenient option for those looking to get easy surveillance, but that does not necessarily mean it is built to last. Arlo is not as open about how long each device will last, as opposed to traditional security camera options, like IP cameras, that last much longer.

How long do Arlo cameras last?

Compared to other cameras, an Arlo camera does not last nearly as long, with most lasting a few years and only some lasting longer.

Can Arlo be used outdoors?

Yes, but Arlo cameras are not necessarily as specialized to outdoor environments as traditional outdoor security cameras. By the company’s own admission, Arlo cameras are considered “weatherproof” and are not necessarily built for any weather conditions outside of the ordinary. Furthermore, direct sunlight, heavy rain, and slightly more hostile weather will contribute to shortening an Arlo camera’s given lifespan.

How long do Arlo batteries last?

Unfortunately, Arlo camera batteries will only last three to six months with normal use before rapidly deteriorating. While the Go series features a reduced lifespan comparatively and the Q series does not use batteries, this feature may be a considerable risk to those valuing security in their surveillance.

When discussed in terms of the IK & IP Ingress Protection Standards, Arlo cameras are not designed for durability. These cameras are not intended to take damage from the environment or malicious parties but rather are produced with convenience in mind. While that may be fine in an office or apartment setting, homeowners and business managers with larger areas to manage may require something tougher.

Security:
Are Arlo security
cameras secure?

As discussed, an Arlo camera is not necessarily built to survive harsher weather or malicious attempts to neutralize it. That puts them at a severe disadvantage when compared to many of the other security cameras offered across the market. As you can also see, Arlo cameras are also vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Can Arlo be hacked?

Yes, an Arlo camera can be hacked, especially if it is wireless. As covered in our article about signal jammers, malicious parties do have several avenues to neutralize security cameras, and Arlo products are no exception. While they do meet the requirements set by the European Union, their convenience-focused design inherently comes with security risks that make them weak to cybernetic and physical attacks.

Can Arlo cameras be stolen?

Yes, Arlo cameras can indeed be stolen, especially if installed incorrectly or without the proper fitting. While traditional security cameras most often require mounts, which inadvertently serve as an extra measure against physical tampering, Arlo products can be directly fitted and therefore directly unfitted to a given surface. However, Arlo does have the Arlo Theft Replacement Program included in specific subscriptions. Unfortunately, that is not guaranteed to replace your device. Furthermore, Arlo offers no support beyond that aside from recommending the owner file a police report.

Can a stolen Arlo camera be used?

According to Arlo, an Arlo camera linked to one base cannot be used on another. However, a person with the camera in their possession can theoretically hack into the system it is linked to.

Does Arlo record if the power goes out?

Most Arlo cameras have no functionality when there is a loss of power. Some Arlo Pro cameras that have internal batteries and that are supported by the right subscription can feature an internal storage of video footage, but only when they have a USB attached.

Can Arlo camera work without WiFi?

Most do not. However, the Arlo Go line of products works by using cellular data to store video footage and can bypass the loss of a WiFi connection.

The conclusion one can draw when examining Arlo cameras is that they are designed for convenience but are not nearly as secure as other options on the market when you consider security cameras for your home or business. At the time of writing, in the case of theft or cyber-attack of the camera, there is little Arlo will do to help owners of a security camera system under the same brand.

NDAA:
Is Arlo NDAA compliant?

Arlo as a company has done no due diligence when concerning the NDAA restrictions implemented by the United States government. While they are not affiliated with Hikvisoin or Dahua, they are 100% a Chinese company and will be influenced by the Chinese government. A1 Security Cameras will not discuss whether the brand is legally compliant with such laws. However, we do feature lists of each manufacturer we offer that explicitly state whether they are NDAA compliant or not. Such examples include our American Made list and European Made list among others you can enjoy through A1 Security Cameras!

Price: Is Arlo worth the money?

Arlo certainly is a convenient brand to use for surveillance and homeowners looking for an easy wireless security camera system might consider the brand. While not as inexpensive as similar brands, Arlo cameras are certainly some of the most inexpensive on the market when considering the distinct lack of labor and equipment needed to install them. In price, they can best be compared to Speco or LTS Security, most often offering security cameras at prices ranging from $100 to $300 each.

However, along with the low price, these cameras also come with shortcomings that may make them a costly mistake depending on the intended purpose of your surveillance. As reviewed above, Arlo as a company does not take measures to support customers with recently stolen products and furthermore requires customers to purchase an added subscription to enable functions that are fairly basic to average security camera systems. For those in areas prone to crime or that have poor internet, these cameras will not necessarily provide as much bang for your buck.

Conclusion: Is Arlo a good brand?

Conclusion: Is Arlo a good brand?

In the view of A1 Security Cameras, Arlo has little to offer aside from affordability that would make it viable for any homeowner or business. They are an affordable option for those interested in only wireless surveillance systems. Still, They do not feature many of the advanced functions found in modern security camera systems that make them so effective. Furthermore, once you choose an Arlo system, you have no choice other than products of the same brand. Moreover, Arlo cameras are not nearly as physically or cybernetically secure as the alternative brands found on A1 Security Cameras. Therefore, we would not recommend this brand to any of our customers and provide another article titled Are WiFi Security Cameras Reliable? for those still on the fence.

Choose A1 Security Cameras for your surveillance!

Residents of Dallas Fort Worth can get the best possible options for surveillance and security by choosing A1 Security Cameras today. We offer the best surveillance installation in the DFW area and can also help design your own personal security camera system with our design services. When you need suggestions for the best brands of security cameras, we’re the guys to call!

Mar 22nd 2022 Wayne Hahne

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